A longtime Cooper City baseball coach is accused of fondling and sexually assaulting a boy during a sleepover and during car rides, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
David Solomon, 47, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and is being held in the Broward Main Jail without bond. According to his arrest affidavit, Solomon is a baseball coach with the Optimist Club of Cooper City.
The accuser is an 11-year-old boy who said the sex acts happened up to eight times. The fondling and sexual assault began in early April during a sleepover at the coach's Cooper City home in the 10500 block of Zurich Street, according to the arrest report filed in the case.
The sex acts, which Solomon nicknamed "The Claw" and "The Wedgie Bush," also happened during car rides and while the child was in the coach's home watching a wrestling match, authorities said.
Solomon told the boy he could not tell anyone because it would violate the "Bro code," the report said.
Solomon's attorney, Eric Schwartzreich, said the allegations are not supported by any physical evidence.
"There is the court of law and the court of public opinion. Mr. Solomon will have his day in court," Schwartzreich said. "I'm positive the court of public opinion will witness that he's an innocent man."
Brian Kraus, a baseball commissioner with the Optimist Club of Cooper City, said in an emailed statement: "This incident involving allegations against an individual who served as a volunteer coach should not in any way reflect on the outstanding work of the many parents and volunteers who serve in the youth sports program."
Solomon has been removed as a coach from the roster of volunteers, he said.
According to the Optimist Club's website, a person would be prohibited from serving as a volunteer only if found guilty of sex offenses and other felonies and misdemeanors.
The Optimist Club has vendors who conduct "comprehensive background checks," which the accused coach passed, Kraus said.
However, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show that Solomon had several molestation charges involving minors that were dropped in 2000 in Miami-Dade County.
At the time, Solomon, a physical education teacher and a baseball coach, had been accused of molesting an 11-year-old autistic student at Hialeah Gardens Elementary and two young baseball players at the Miami Shores Village Recreation Center, according to The Miami Herald.
Charges were dropped because of the lack of corroborating physical evidence or witnesses, the paper reported. After his arrest at the time, parents rallied in his support and raised more than $30,000 for his legal fees.
Solomon at the time admitted to horseplay with the kids, such as wrestling and wedgies, but said he did not molest them.
In 2011, a softball umpire for the Optimist Club of Cooper City was also convicted of molesting a teen girl and is now in state prison.
Solomon was most recently employed at Stern Bloom Media, a Hallandale Beach-based print publishing and product photography studio, according to the arrest report. The company website lists him as director of sales.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Gina Carter said a second child with similar allegations was to have been interviewed by detectives Friday. Solomon has not been charged with the sexual assault of that minor or any other children.
"They believe there are others that haven't come forward," Carter said.
Investigators urge anyone with information about Solomon to contact the Sheriff's Special Victims Unit at 954-321-4240 or Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477.
Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.